LONDON: Israel will not be allowed to stage the Davis Cup World Group tie against Argentina in Tel Aviv in September because of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, tournament chiefs said yesterday.
The tie, set for September 12-14 at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, will either be switched to a neutral venue. “The Davis Cup Committee determined that, while the military conflict seemed to be slowing down, there was no certainty that this would be the case at the time of the tie that is due to take place in five weeks,” said an International Tennis Federation (ITF) statement. “The Committee felt that its first priority was to ensure the safety of the players, officials and the public and regretfully decided that the tie would not be held in Israel as originally scheduled.”
Israel has now been stripped of two tennis events in four days after the ATP’s planned inaugural Negev Israel Open in Tel Aviv next month was called off because of security concerns.